Situated on the main campus of North Carolina State University, the new undergraduate Science Teaching Laboratory (USTL) adds 95,000 square feet of laboratory and greenhouse facilities to the university’s existing science core. The USTL will serve as a laboratory instruction facility for the departments of chemistry, physics and life sciences.
The USTL not only ASSOCIATED FIRMLittle Diversified Architectural ConsultingCOST PER SQ FT$244.75FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio aging facilities, but also anchors a new academic neighborhood. Strategically sited to enclose a new campus courtyard, the building and open space extend the heritage of Mary Yarborough Court, the Court of North Carolina and the Brickyard as identifiable spaces linked by the all-campus path.
The building enhances interaction among students, faculty and staff. The facility comprises three floors of laboratory and support space gathered around a central atrium. The atrium introduces natural light into the majority of interior spaces. The ground floor is designed to provide visual transparency between interior and exterior spaces. The lower level includes headhouse facilities for the greenhouses and mechanical equipment areas.
Laboratories and support spaces use a 10-foot by 30-foot planning module to facilitate future changes in laboratory technology and teaching methodology. As modifications are required, partitions can be relocated, doors moved and laboratories expanded or contracted without requiring reconstruction of structural or mechanical building elements.